The expanded Programme is to run for five years and the Government have identified, through use of their research data, that Milton Keynes has 1600 families who they believe meet the criteria to receive support.
The Milton Keynes Strengthening Families Outcome Plan (PDF, 272KB) outlines the eligibilty criteria for the programme. When making a referral, families will need to meet at least two of the six national headline criteria (below) to be eligible for the programme:
- Parents and children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour
- Children who have not been attending school regularly
- Children who need help
- Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion and young people at risk of ‘worklessness’
- Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
- Parents and children with a range of health problems
We only accept referrals from professionals who work with children, for example: Social Workers, Schools, CAMHS, Youth Offending Team, Health Visitors, Children and Family Centres. It is not possible for families to self-refer.
The expanded Programme focuses on transformational change at local level to encourage all agencies to deliver a ‘whole family approach’ and The Department for Communities and Local Government have emphasised that the focus should still be on families who cost the most.